Rafting resumes on Royal Gorge section of Arkansas River

Royal Gorge

CANON CITY, Colo. — Flows on the Arkansas River in southern Colorado have eased enough for commercial rafting companies to operate.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that a high water level advisory was lifted for the Royal Gorge section of the river west of Canon City on Wednesday.

The water flow dropped to below 3,200 cubic feet per second for the first time since June 8.

Commercial rafting companies voluntarily avoid sections of the river when such advisories are in effect.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average flow for this time of year is 1,730 CFS but it varies widely from year to year.

More water is running through the river after the wet winter led to an increased snowmelt.

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